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Rainbow Six: Siege Operation Blood Orchid out tomorrow

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 2:35 pm

Finally the wait is nearly over, after Ubisoft previously announced the delay of Operation Blood Orchid Update, the much anticipated update is out tomorrow. Operation Blood Orchid major changes includes the addition of a new map, Theme Park. Along with three new playable characters, Ying and Lesion from Special Duties Unit and Polish Special Forces GROM operator, Ela Bosak. Ubisoft today released another trailer for Operation Blood Orchid below.



Ubisoft recently released patch notes for Operation Blood Orchid that include the previously reported changes to the third season of play, final improvements for Operation Health update, optimization of data, new severs, rework of textures, polished dynamic and static lighting, richer sky domes, new skins and much more.

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DJI introduce two class-leading aerial drones

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Drones | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 2:10 pm

DJI, innovators regarding aerial and handheld cinematic, have released two new drones to complement their extensive drone range, the Mavic Pro Platinum and the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. Two iconic drones that are enhanced for new ways to explore the world.




The Mavic Pro Platinum includes the same 4K video recording 12 Megapixel camera and up to 7km control range as the standard Mavic Pro. However, we're treated to an elegant platinum finish, extended flight duration of 30 mins and operates at 60% noise reduction. These features make the Mavic Pro Platinum DJI's best portable drone yet.


DJI's Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian retains all features the Phantom 4 Advanced offers, which include a 1-inch 20 megapixel camera capable of 4K 60FPS video recording and a top speed of 70 km/h. Included in the Pro Obsidian is the sleek, matte grey finish that allows for aerial imaging in true renegade style.

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Logitech announce the MX Sound premium speaker system

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 1:23 pm

Logitech have announced their new PC and Bluetooth speaker system, the MX Sound speaker system. This two-channel speaker system incorporates multiple inputs on-the-fly thanks to Logitech's Easy-Switch feature. The MX sound features Bluetooth 4.1, two 3.5mm inputs and one headphone jack that allows connection flexibility of multiple devices, wired or wireless.




You may have noticed I mentioned this speaker system is two-channel only, and doesn't feature a sub-woofer. This allows versatility with your setup, especially if you're using a laptop, you can easily maneuver the 3.8 lbs (1.72 kg) speakers. Logitech have addressed the lack of a sub-woofer, ensuring bass shouldn't be an issue with rear-facing port tubes to improve bass response, and 12-Watts of RMS power (24 peak) to provide excellent sound quality.




The premium fabric finish really enhances the MX Sound speaker system's appearance, giving it a premium look that matches the MX series. Supported by motion-activated back-lit controls, the MX Sound speaker system is a great addition to your desktop, or laptop set up. Priced at $99.99, availability is set for a October 2017 release.

Samsung QLED 4K TVs are the official home of Xbox One X

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 12:39 pm

Samsung's new high-end flagship QLED 4K HDR UHDTV displays are now the official partner for Microsoft's new premium $499 Xbox One X console, offering enthusiast console gamers the optimum visual experience.




Xbox division head Phil Spencer has said that its new Xbox One X console, which is capable of rendering in native 4K resolution with HDR support, isn't for everyone: the box is aimed at the high-end segment of gamers who "want the very best console experience available," and the company's recent partnership with Samsung underlines this focus. Samsung's new QLED lineup of 4K televisions leverage Quantum Dot technology for dazzling and vibrant visuals as well as 3-step image processing for low ~20ms input lag, and the sets even allow gamers to quickly switch to Game Mode with a simple voice command.


Don't forget that the Xbox One X also supports FreeSync and FreeSync 2 over the new incoming HDMI 2.1 standard, which will effectively offer variable refresh rates that potentially mimic the frame rate technology used in PC desktops. Armed with FreeSync and FreeSync 2, Xbox One X games may not only look amazing with new HDR optimizations, but also afford a much smoother gameplay experience that leverages the machine's tweaked GPU and CPU for improved frame rates and reduced screen tearing.

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Pay for your KFC in China by smiling at a camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 5:51 am

KFC is really making some big moves in China, first by launching their own smartphone, and then launching a VR training app, but now KFC China has introduced a new facial recognition payment system.




KFC China's new 'Smile to Pay' system lets customers pay for their orders by simply smiling into a kiosk, and second later the computer will identify you as it analyzes over 600 facial features in order to match them to the photo ID stored on the Alipay system. KFC China includes a "live-ness detection algorithm" which stops people from scamming the system if they were wearing wigs or heavy make up.


Jidong Chen, Ant's Director of Biometric Identification Technology explains: "Combined with a 3D camera and liveness detection algorithm, Smile to Pay can effectively block spoofing attempts using other people's photos or video recordings and ensure account safety".

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Philips' new 31.5-inch 8K monitor arrives in Q1 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 4:35 am

Dell rules the 8K display game right now with their out-of-this-world UP3218K, but now Philips will be joining the ultra high-res 7680 x 4320 game with their upcoming Philips 328P8K monitor.




Philips upcoming 328P8K will rock a 31.5-inch IPS-based panel with its native 7680 x 4320 resolution, 100% Adobe RGB/sRGB color space support, and even HDR 400 support. Philips calls it HDR 400 on the 328P8K as its brightness is set at 400 nits, which is enough to meet AMD's requirements for FreeSync 2 HDR, but is not even h alf of the HDR10 standard which is 1000 nit peak brightness - and it doesn't begin to compare against Dolby Vision's 4000 peak brightness target.


We should expect a 60Hz refresh rate that will be driven by 2 x DisplayPort 1.3 connectors (the same display connectivity requirement as Dell's UP3218K display), while we can expect a USB hub with USB Type-A and Type-C ports.


Philips should hit a cheaper price than Dell at 8K, with Dell's UP3218K costing less than $4000 now. Philips hasn't released any details on pricing, but the ETA on their new 8K display is Q1 2018, still a while away yet allowing Dell to scoop up anyone wanting an 8K display right now, and not in 2018.

Apple's new iPhone rumored to cost a huge $1200

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 3:43 am

Apple is hosting its big iPhone event next week where we should be introduced to the new iPhone, with today bringing some new rumors on SKUs of the new iPhone, as well as some rumored pricing.




According to Twitter user @VenyaGeskin1 the new iPhone 8 will arrive in three sizes: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The prices of the new iPhone will fall into $999, $1099, and $1199 for the 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB handsets, respectively. Apple's current fleet of iPads come in these specific storage sizes, with 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB iPads available right now.


I'm still holding out for Apple to surprise us all with an iPhone X that is $1499 and blows everything else away with something out of the complete left field. I don't see it happening, but I'm still holding out for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone to be celebrated in a big way: iPhone X and Apple's hotly anticipated, and highly rumored AR glasses. Come on, Apple - actually surprise us for once.

Elon Musk: AI to be 'most likely cause' of World War 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 2:27 am

Elon Musk has warned about the threats of artificial intelligence before, but now the Space X and Tesla founder has come out swinging at AI on Twitter again, prompted by recent remarks from Russian president Vladimir Putin.



Putin recently said: "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world". Some stern words from Putin, that's for sure - and I kind of agree with him.


Musk then took to Twitter, where he said: "China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo". @JakeBlueatSM tweeted Musk saying "an automated WWIII at that. That's a worry..." to which Musk replied: "May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AI's, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory".

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Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8 supports Netflix HDR streams

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 1:28 am

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone supports Netflix HDR streaming, so if you want to get your mobile HDR experience on, there's another flagship smartphone to choose from.




Netflix recently updated their FAQ page, with HDR-capable smartphones like the LG V30 and Sony Xperia XZ already on the list along with LG's G6 handset. The updated FAQ adds Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8 and Sony Xperia XZ1 smartphones, both launching in the last two weeks.


The beautiful 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note 8 rocks a native resolution of 2960 x 1440, so Netflix HDR content should well and truly shine on the HDR-capable display. You'll need to have the 4-screen premium/4K account with Netflix to get that HDR goodness, but I'd dare say it's worth the extra couple of bucks every month.

17-year-old Overwatch pro needs Mom to sign $150K deal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2017 12:28 am

Overwatch is one of the biggest eSports games on the market, but a new generation of kids are going to get inspired with the news that US Overwatch pro Overwatch gamer Jay "sinatraa" Won has just landed a huge $150,000 per-year contract. The thing is, sinatraa is only 17 years old and needs his mom to sign off on the contract.




The huge $150K per year wage is $100K higher than the league minimum, with ESPN reporting that there are revenue-sharing options also available to Won. NRG eSports and Cloud9 entered a bidding war to win the hands and brain of Won, with NRG winning the bidding war and with sinatraa's mother signing on his behalf, the deal become a reality.


Won secured himself not just the $150,000 per-year for playing a game he obviously loves, but he will have health insurance and a retirement savings plan, as well as at least 50% of all bonuses from tournaments and events. If we include the bonus pool of $3.5 million in the first season, and at least $1 million for the year's champions, Won could be in for a huge ride for a teenager.